WHAT IS CHEMISTRY?
Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties, and how and why substances combine or separate to form other substances. It also involves the study of how these substances interact with energy.
WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
You will develop your skills in problem solving, analysis and develop the ability to understand and analyse complex data and abstract concepts. You will develop a vast range of skills that are transferable to further study and employment.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM CHEMISTRY?
Expect a challenging but rewarding subject that will build upon the work covered at GCSE to give you a wider, more detailed knowledge of chemistry. Chemistry is a subject with significant practical and experimental content; you will complete regular laboratory work throughout the course.
HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?
You will complete three examinations at the end of the two-year course. These examinations provide your final grade. The practical experiments that you will complete throughout the course will contribute to a practical skills certificate.
WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
If you have an interest in science and a desire to develop a greater understanding of how physical sciences shape the world around us then chemistry may be the subject for you.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A LEVEL IN CHEMISTRY?
Chemistry is either required or strongly recommended for many degree courses, such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine. Many students wishing to study law at university or become an accountant may also choose to study chemistry as it demonstrates the ability to cope with challenging concepts.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
- Atomic structure
- The alkaline earth metals
- The halogens
- Transition metals
- Amino acids, proteins and DNA
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT
A range of Enrichment opportunities are available within the Chemistry department. Students have the chance to gain a CREST award as part of the RSFC honours programme, and courses in Forensic Science, Pharmacology and Biochemistry also equip students with additional skills and an insight into the careers which Chemistry can lead to.